Five Things That Should Always Be Ordered Extra Crispy

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If you haven't had tripas tacos at La Banqueta cooked "extra-crispy" you haven't had La Banqueta's tripas tacos.
When I interviewed Alberto Neri for last week's restaurant review, we talked a lot about textures. I was trying to figure out why the taco meats at some locations were consistently more crispy than others. Neri looked confused by my question. If I wanted crispy meats, all I had to to was ask for them, he told me. I could even order my tacos extra crispy, if I liked, and I should for the tripas, he instructed.

The notion completely changed the tripas tacos for me, which went from slightly challenging soft texture to wholly delicious crispness with a simple order augmentation. You've got to try them ordered this way of you've not already.

Our conversation got me thinking about other foods around town that benefit from being ordered extra crispy. Here are four more.

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Scalini's Pizza ordered "charred"
Thin-crust pizza
Pizza in Dallas has been, well, pizza in Dallas. This city doesn't have much of a bread culture, and most doughs and crusts are made as quickly as possible, with little effort put into developing real flavor.

You can make up for this shortcoming by ordering your pizzas extra-crispy, or charred as I did with this pie at Scalini's. The blackened blisters add some depth of flavor to a crust that's typically quite bland on its own. It's a significant improvement.

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Bacon should always be extra crispy.
Bacon
Whether it's on a BLT, a burger or alongside two eggs sunny-side-up, crispy bacon will always trump rubbery, flaccid bacon. Cooking bacon just a few degrees away from burnt beefs up the texture, concentrates the saltiness that makes bacon bacon and keeps the strips from pulling out of your sandwich when you bite.

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Chicken wings
Many chicken wing orders are ruined by rubbery meat you really have to tear from the bone with your teeth. Order your wings extra crispy and more of the fat will render from beneath the skin while the skin crisps up and the meat gets a little more succulent. Watch out that your fry cook doesn't go too far though. Wings can dry out if they spend too much time in the fryer.

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Baguettes cooling at Village Baking Co.
Baguettes
When you ask for a baguette at Village Baking Co. the person behind the counter has scores to choose from. Ask for one that looks a little more crisp than the rest and enjoy increased toasted flavors and bread with real bite.


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13 comments
ooozooo
ooozooo

Extra crispy wings? Won't that over cook the meat on the inside? 

DemigodH
DemigodH

You made my month.  Went to Banqueta last night and, in light of this article, ordered my taco de tripas extra crispy.  That's a total game changer.  Thank you!

JustSaying
JustSaying

I agree that bacon needs to be crispy on a burger or sandwich. If I am eating it by hand during a breakfast style meal, I prefer it chewy.

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

In-N-Out Fries, they are inedible unless ordered extra-crispy.

camjr
camjr

Don't forget requesting extra crispy cheese fries at Snuffers!

lmeli1
lmeli1

You forgot hash browns!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@James Day 

Yuck. I'd rather be hammered in the ass with a mallet. Sonic and Dickey's are the only places that  I will not frequent. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

@kergo1spaceship Sonic is good for, as far as I know, the only place where you can get a corn dog at a drive-thru. That hits the spot in a pinch. Other than that, I just go to sonic for a large cherry limeade half full when I am planning on doing some drinking where open containers are not allowed.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

@kergo1spaceship $1 ice cream cones are a satisfying bargain.........

shandango
shandango

@JustSaying @kergo1spaceship YES! I am a bit of corny dog fanatic and while Sonic's aren't particularly delicious they are particularly cheap (sometimes 2 for $1!) and readily available. There used to be Krystal Burgers around here (one in Denton and one in Grand Prairie) and they had an AMAZING mini corny dog.

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